Waterford Historical Sites
Christ Church Cathedral
No visit to Waterford, the Crystal County, is complete without a visit to Christ Church Cathedral. It is the only neo-classical Georgian Cathedral in Europe and the finest 18th Century ecclesiastical building in Ireland. There has been a Cathedral on this site since 1096. The cathedrals that have occupied this spot have been witness to a thousand years of history. Many lives have touched here and many more are remembered in stone. What stories must be held within these walls and pillars, plaques and pews...if only the pillars could speak...well, maybe they can.
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford
Designed by John Roberts and Built in 1793, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, is almost 213 years old and is Ireland's oldest Catholic Cathedral.
There is an Audio Experience in the Cathedral, which lasts for 45 minutes. This lively and exciting audio experience presents a selection of the history and anecdotes of the Cathedral, in the splendour of this many pillared Georgian Cathedral. The Programme is presented in three distinct sections; the architectural evolvement of a cathedral over a thousand years; the stories behind some of those commemorated in tomb and monument; two events of national importance - a wedding and a funeral.
Note: You'll need to check with Simon Harrison on +353 - (51) 396 270 for performance times and booking information. Audio Experience is generally Monday and Friday evenings.
May - September, Monday to Saturday, 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00, Open on Sunday Afternoons, call for times. www.christchurchwaterford.com
Reginald's Tower is the oldest civic urban structure in Ireland and has played a pivotal role in the country's history. The precursor of this tower is believed to be Dundory, a Viking fortification built on this site during the 10th century. This early fort formed the apex of the triangular Viking settlement and was in all probability a port for Viking longboats. It was strategically located on the high ground between a tidal inlet or branch of St. John's river in the south east (since drained and now known as the Mall) and the River Suir to the north.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the Tower was used as a store for munitions and in the early 19th century it functioned as a prison. In the late 19th and first half of the twentieth century it became the residence of the Chief Constable of Waterford. The Tower was opened to the public for the first time in the 1950s.
Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre
Edmund Ignatius Rice, The Heritage centre here at Mount Sion, Waterford, Ireland, is a prime heritage centre of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers Congregations.
And more than this, it is our hope that for all people, it will be a place of spiritual and historical significance and a place of pilgrimage, given its place in Irish history and that it is the final resting place of Blessed Edmund Rice.